n South African Medical Journal - Man impaled on crowbar saved by hospital trauma team : izindaba

Volume 105, Issue 10
  • ISSN : 0256-9574
  • E-ISSN: 2078-5135



A cool-as-a-cucumber Carltonville mine engineer walked out of hospital 19 days after being impaled from groin to upper back by a 2-metre, 2 cm-thick industrial crowbar, his survival and recovery due to his presence of mind, and world-class trauma surgery. The crowbar pierced three of his body cavities - his pelvis, abdomen and chest - missing his heart by 5 cm and destroying a kidney.

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